Are these senior transition consultants worth using? How are they paid?

Well, let me start off by saying that I am  a Geriatric Care Manager, so would be  considered a transition consultant.

It depends what the consultants say they will do,  and whether you can or want to do the work yourself.  Often you can get most of the information that you want, or at least begin to, from the health authority in the area where the person needing help lives.  If they are knowledgeable, they can save you time, and explain how the whole system works. They can help you ask the questions you might need to ask. 

Look at someone's qualifications and background to see if they  would really have an understanding of what the issues involved in transitions are.  Are they professionally qualified and experienced in eldercare?  what kind of experience, for how long, what is their education and training. Transitions are far more than just helping someone choose  a senior's housing.  Will the consultant  help you understand all of those issues--help you broaden your knowledge, help you find resources.

Also, how are they paid, are they getting a fee from the places to which they refer?  I am often offered a fee, and turn it down, or if it is seniors housing, ask them to apply it to a client's rent, so the benefit does not come to me, it comes directly from the client. My feeling is that if someone is getting paid by the housing, then it is hard to be objective.

I charge a direct fee by  the hour. As a Registered Social Worker, my fee is in line with what others with a masters degree charge (actually a bit less).  Sometimes people can write it off through their extended health or even use my services via their Employee Assistance Programme at work if they have one. Look at my website, www.diamondgeriatrics.com for information on transitions and housing and resources.

Regards,

Peter Silin, MSW, RSW, CCC